The deaths of six kea following a 1080 drop in Otago were the result of a "perfect storm", internal documents reveal.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) dropped 1080 in the Matukituki Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park as part of a predator control operation on February 11. Within days there were indications of kea deaths.
Emails and text messages released to Stuff, under the Official Information Act reveal one DOC staff member believed the birds' scrounging and the two pre-feeds that preceded the drop had created a "perfect storm".
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Netball legend and real estate advocate Joan Harnett-Kindley says it was “always a battle’’ championing women in male-dominated worlds, but she's proud her work has been recognised.
Wanaka-based Harnett-Kindley was a trailblazer for netball in the 1960s, helping popularise the sport as a rising star, before going on to become one of the first female advocates for the real estate industry.
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